The Miami Marlins have fired manager Mike Redmond. The firing occurred after the Marlins were nearly no-hit by Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves.
The Marlins are 16-22 and 6 games back of the New York Mets in the NL East. They have lost six or their last seven games.
Redmond was hired by the team prior to the 2013 season. The firing is a bit of a surprise given that Redmond had has contract extended two years after the 2014 season. Redmond went 155-207 in his two plus seasons at the helm of the Marlins.
However, I think is a good move because I don’t think Redmond has his players’ backs. I didn’t like how he ripped his ace Jose Fernandez after the Braves took exception to him hitting a home run late in the 2013 season.
I heard the news while listening to the Red Sox-Mariners game on the radio. Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien speculated that the Marlins might hire a former player like Jeff Conine or Mike Lowell. Or will they go with 84-year old Jack McKeon? In 2003, the Marlins fired Jeff Torborg who had a 16-22 record. They hired McKeon who took them to their second World Series title. Of course, they tried it again during the 2011 season. Lightning didn’t strike twice.
The Marlins will announce a successor tomorrow morning.
UPDATE: Now is this truly bizarre. The Marlins will name General Manager Dan Jennings as the team’s new manager later this morning. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Redmond, this hiring makes absolutely no sense. Jennings had a very brief minor league career with the Yankees in 1984 and his only coaching experience was in high school baseball in Alabama nearly a couple of years after that. Jennings was a scout for the Reds, Mariners and Devil Rays before joining the Marlins in 2002. He was named GM after the 2013 season. At this point, it isn’t clear if Jennings will serve as both manager and GM.
It is possible that Jennings has a good rapport with the Marlins’ players and might be able to tap into something that Redmond couldn’t. But I’m just not seeing it.
UPDATE II: Jennings will not do double duty as manager and GM. However, the Marlins do not plan to fill the GM spot leaving Michael Hill, Vice President of Baseball Operations and Team President David Samson to sort things out. My guess is that Jennings will be back as GM after this season. Then again it could be much sooner if the Marlins fall flat on their face.
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